The recent article about the Dollar Store, and BP proposals submitted for the 1100 Washington ave Site, have created a bit of discussion on the Post http://news.racinepost.com/2009/05/dollar-store-proposal-on-washington-ave.html This is a bit unusual from a Liberty perspective.
The land is currently owned by the City Taxpayers, and consequently is not collecting any taxable income, nor is it being used by the Citizens as a park or other use. The Council is entertaining options as to what should go in that location, and the question is should we take one of the 3 current offers; or wait until a better project comes down the road?
Speaking of the Road, Hwy 20 is the most important Avenue into Racine at this time. It has some undesirable corridors which strongly effect the visitors and residents of their perception of the City as they approach our Downtown. (Yes I have a Downtown Bias, because it is the future of the City in my opinion). I think a semi-permanent Farmers market could be created by the City, or a private developer, It could be like a Borgardts with mostly outdoor displays, rented to whomever, perhaps an enclosed section for a Butcher Shoppe or even a Bakery. It could almost become a part time/ seasonal Grocery for local, and not so local produce. Having a Class A liquor store down the road on 6th St would be great as well.
If the property was already owned by the Minn. company and they wanted to build the Dollar Store, I'd say let them, and let's stay out of the way. But since we do have a choice, I think we should keep the options open.
In the meantime we are rebuilding 7th St, next year, (I think), and will likely get a Round-a-bout at 7th and Grand, Let's widen Hwy 20 while we have the chance and put in a narrow Blvd. from Tino's to the tracks or 14th? As we continue West we should consider that theme for Hwy 20.
Traffic flow, ample parking and as much aesthetic beauty down the Avenue is going to improve the appearance and the attitudes about our City.
So what do you think??